Meditation from Thought to Action / Edition 2

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West meets East in this new edition with updating of chapters plus an appendix on research and neuroscience findings. The book begins with a grounding in the philosophies of the East-Yoga, Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, and Confucianism- with the express purpose of guiding readers to bring this ancient wisdom into everyday life. The Simpkins teach useful skills that form a basis of meditation practice in concentration of attention, visualization, and body awareness. Explicit guidelines lead into meditating from thought to effective action. All the later chapters include specific meditation exercises, more than forty in all! Action is the focus of everyday life, and these exercises address action at its core-what holds us back from fulfilling ourselves and what can make things flow smoothly. Learn to resolve conflict, gain self discipline, and find a healthy balance for life, from quiet sitting to happy, active living! The Accompanying Audio CD guides listeners into a deep, enjoyable, calming and revitalizing experience of meditation. Learn mindfulness, centering, attuning, and more for a happy, fulfilling, active life!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976816034
  • Publisher: Radiant Dolphin Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Edition description: Paperback & 70 min. audio CD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
The Way of Thought     1
Yoga: From Method to Practice     3
Buddhism: From Philosophy to Liberation     9
Zen Buddhism: Wake up to Enlightenment     17
Confucianism: Caring About What You Do     25
Daoism: The Natural Way     37
West Meets East     47
Clearing the Way     55
Mental Tools     57
Body Tools     61
Using the Tools to Clear Your Mind     69
On the Way     75
The Beginning Path     77
The Basics of Action     83
Active Health     91
The Way Out of Conflict     105
Inner Strength and Spiritual Discipline     119
The Way to Do     129
Conclusion     139
Appendix     141
Bibliography     153
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    Before going to battle, a Samurai warrior would sit and perform the tea ceremony to come to a perfectly focused state of mind. This third book in a series (following 'Principles of Meditation' and 'Living Meditation' is about finding central harmony and creating an integration between the Inner Way and the Outer Way. The first part introduces the meditational practices of Eastern traditions: Yoga, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The second provides clear instruction on the tools of meditation. Part 3 guides the reader on the path to enlightened action with exercises for developing and maintaining meditative awareness while engaging in the activities of daily life: tea cermony, toughening, poetry writing, Zen and Taoist discipline, reflections on the small...'Walking, sitting, eating, sleeping--all are opportunities to meditate.

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